Sri Lankan Navy arrests eight Tamil Nadu fishermen for intruding into territorial waters, confiscates 2 boats

Rameswaram: Eight fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of fishing in the island nation's territorial waters.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The navy personnel also seized two boats of the fishermen belonging to Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district late Wednesday night, fisheries department assistant director Chandrasekhar said on Friday.

All the fishermen were taken to Kagesanthurai, he said.

On 23 June and 22 June, Sri Lankan Navy arrested 4 fishermen and 21 fishermen respectively, all of whom were from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Around 50 fishermen have been arrested this month.

The Tamil Nadu government expressed concern over the "alarming increase" in number of "attacks" on Indian fishermen.

Chief Minister K Palaniswamy had said that such apprehensions have a "demoralising impact" on fishermen as well as the people of the state.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 10:39 AM

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